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  • Flight Notifications and NOTAM Advisor Deliver Superior Awareness of Conditions Affecting Your Flight

    ForeFlight
    ForeFlight
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    As you well know, the wall-of-text preflight weather briefing we receive from the FAA has not changed all that much over the last several decades. We believe in a better way to deliver this information that is more targeted, easier to digest, and will help you stay better informed on every flight. With ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 we unveil two firsts in mobile flight planning capabilities that advance preflight weather briefings in two key areas: flight conditions monitoring and NOTAMs. Flight Notifications Keep You Ahead of the Weather The first new capability is Flight Notifications. ForeFlight…
  • NASA astronaut wants to shoot the moon

    AIA dailyLead®
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
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  • LSA pilots build, fly airplanes for enjoyment

    Aviation eBrief
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Jim Schroeder and Henry Bader of Le Mars, Iowa, have been building light sport aircraft for decades.  -More- Your Ultimate Personal Aircraft Is Ready — Socata TBM 900. The TBM 900 with a cruise speed of 330 KTAS at FL280 (in ISA conditions) gives owners and pilots the advantages of the typical cruising speeds of light jets, with the economical direct operating costs of a single-engine turboprop. 1,730 Nautical Miles is the range of the TBM 900 at long-range cruising speed with 4 people on board. Click Here For Complete Details!
  • Letters From Our Readers

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    More Bumps In The Road Likely The loss of the Orbital Antares launch vehicle and of SpaceShipTwo in the course of less than a week is certainly proof that spaceflight is complex and dangerous.  read more
  • You can own the first Hasselblad in space

    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points
    Mike Collins
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    You could own the camera that captured this iconic image. Photography 52 years ago didn’t mean whipping out your iPhone, or even grabbing for a digital single-lens-reflex camera. It was the early days of the space program, and even 35 mm film cameras weren’t considered up to the challenge. So as Wally Schirra prepared to orbit the Earth six times on Mercury 8, which would be the country’s fifth manned space mission, he had to think carefully about how to document the nine-hour flight. Astronaut Wally Schirra, center, with the Hasselblad 500c camera he carried into space. Ultimately he…
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    ForeFlight

  • Flight Notifications and NOTAM Advisor Deliver Superior Awareness of Conditions Affecting Your Flight

    ForeFlight
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    As you well know, the wall-of-text preflight weather briefing we receive from the FAA has not changed all that much over the last several decades. We believe in a better way to deliver this information that is more targeted, easier to digest, and will help you stay better informed on every flight. With ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 we unveil two firsts in mobile flight planning capabilities that advance preflight weather briefings in two key areas: flight conditions monitoring and NOTAMs. Flight Notifications Keep You Ahead of the Weather The first new capability is Flight Notifications. ForeFlight…
  • From the Archives: ForeFlight Mobile 1.0 B-Roll

    tweihs
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    A friend sent in this video today. This is some B-roll of the the first ForeFlight marketing video we ever shot of ForeFlight Mobile (back then it was called “ForeFlight iPhone Edition”): version 1.0 from 2007. This was back when “apps” for the iPhone were just web pages. Developers were not able to make native apps until the summer of 2008, when ForeFlight Mobile 2.0 launched.
  • ForeFlight Mobile Adds Color-Enhanced Infrared Satellite

    ForeFlight
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    To celebrate fall, we’ve added a touch of color to our global satellite layer! The color-enhanced infrared (IR) satellite image is designed to visually highlight the coldest cloud tops. Cold cloud tops are often indicative of active thunderstorms that can produce severe or extreme convective turbulence. The animated satellite layer updates every thirty minutes and is accessed in the map mode menu in the Maps view. How IR Satellite Imagery Works Any object that has a temperature warmer than absolute zero will emit radiation at many different wavelengths. Radiation produced by the earth and…
  • More Sync and New Performance Planning in ForeFlight Mobile 6.4

    ForeFlight
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    ForeFlight Mobile version 6.4 is now available for download on the App Store. New Performance Planning Capability ForeFlight Mobile version 6.4 introduces taxi and take-off, climb, cruise, and descent performance data fields for aircraft profiles. Add these details to your aircraft profile for a more accurate fuel burn and time en route estimate (ETE) for the planned route. To add this information, navigate to the aircraft profile (More > Aircraft). Open the profile, scroll down, and you will see the new data fields. Add performance data to your aircraft profile. As you plan your route in…
  • Bulletin: November 13 Data Updates

    ForeFlight Data Team
    8 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Data updates are now available to download for the November 13, 2014 – December 12, 2014 and November 13, 2014 – January 8, 2015 periods: Airport and Navigation Database ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on November 13 North American Obstacles From the FAA: VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Ocean Planning Charts Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Airport/Facility Diagrams Documents For our ForeFlight Mobile Pro Canada customers: High and Low Enroutes Canada Flight Supplement…
 
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    Aviation eBrief

  • LSA pilots build, fly airplanes for enjoyment

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Jim Schroeder and Henry Bader of Le Mars, Iowa, have been building light sport aircraft for decades.  -More- Your Ultimate Personal Aircraft Is Ready — Socata TBM 900. The TBM 900 with a cruise speed of 330 KTAS at FL280 (in ISA conditions) gives owners and pilots the advantages of the typical cruising speeds of light jets, with the economical direct operating costs of a single-engine turboprop. 1,730 Nautical Miles is the range of the TBM 900 at long-range cruising speed with 4 people on board. Click Here For Complete Details!
  • Hire the right people for your team this year

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Hiring the right people for your team means knowing where to find the best qualified candidates.  -More- DESSER TIRE & RUBBER OFFERS $10.00 OFF ANY $100+ ONLINE ORDER TO AOPA MEMEBERS! Desser, the world's oldest and largest aircraft tire distributor is offering $10 off any $100 or more online order. Choose from many great brands. Plus, get FREE SHIPPING in the Continental US. Visit the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts website to see this and other great deals.
  • Pa. flying group partners with EAA to expand pilot base

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    McKean Aviation is a nonprofit flying, aviation and advocacy group based at Bradford Regional Airport in Pennsylvania.  -More- The Aspen VFR PFD is the most affordable, upgradable and easily installed EFIS available for general aviation. Priced at $4,995, it combines situational awareness and safety into a single flat-panel LCD. Click here to learn more.
  • Pilots, community transform two Ore. airports

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pil -More- 
  • With respect to the general aviation airplane you most frequently fly, the attitude indicator consists of:

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Check out poll results in Wednesday's eBrief.  -More- We know pilots. Zulu PFX knows you. The proprietary innovations in Lightspeed's PFX technology deliver the quietest headset available and create a personal flying experience by actively conforming to your ears, your environment, and your preferences. The result is an extension of the amount and frequency range of noise cancellation. Learn more
 
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • Letters From Our Readers

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    More Bumps In The Road Likely The loss of the Orbital Antares launch vehicle and of SpaceShipTwo in the course of less than a week is certainly proof that spaceflight is complex and dangerous.  read more
  • MEBA 2014 To Attract Record Number Of Exhibitors, But Reasons For Concern Remain

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Heinrich Grossbongardt Earlier forecasts for business aviation in the Middle East may have been overly optimistic When the biennial Middle East Business Aviation Show opens on Dec. 8, it is expected to set new records in almost every respect. read more
  • AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) F-CK-1

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
      AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) F-CK-1 The F-CK-1—also called the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF)—is a light supersonic combat aircraft developed in the 1980s by Taiwan’s state-owned aerospace company AIDC. Powered by two Honeywell/ITEC F125-100 afterburning turbofans, the F-CK-1A/B entered service in 1994. Including prototypes, 134 aircraft were completed by the time production stopped in 1999. Upgrade of an initial 71 aircraft to F-CK-1C/D standard was completed in 2013.     read more
  • Qantas Set To Refurbish Mainline Types

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Qantas plans upgrades for A330s, 737s Fleet-wide interior upgrades planned by Qantas to keep its Boeing and Airbus models competitive read more
  • Navy Pleased With First-Generation P-8A Pilots And Crew

    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Simulators upend training paradigm for the P-8A Poseidon Pilots learning to fly the P-8A Poseidon are spending a majority of their time in simulator-based training. read more
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • You can own the first Hasselblad in space

    Mike Collins
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    You could own the camera that captured this iconic image. Photography 52 years ago didn’t mean whipping out your iPhone, or even grabbing for a digital single-lens-reflex camera. It was the early days of the space program, and even 35 mm film cameras weren’t considered up to the challenge. So as Wally Schirra prepared to orbit the Earth six times on Mercury 8, which would be the country’s fifth manned space mission, he had to think carefully about how to document the nine-hour flight. Astronaut Wally Schirra, center, with the Hasselblad 500c camera he carried into space. Ultimately he…
  • Your flying car will be ready soon

    Al Marsh
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Yeah, right. The Sovakian AeroMobile 3.0 flying car has made another splash in the news by appearing at another trade conference, the most recent one being the Pioneers Festival at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. The first public presentation was in 2007 at Aero-Friedrichshafen in Germany.  You can see a video about the car here  (four minutes, cue the eerie music). The prototype actually works, doing 100 mph on the ground and a promised 124 mph in the air. The price (you can’t get one yet) is said to be like that of a super luxury car, which leaves one guessing. A 2014 Lamborghini…
  • Your private Boeing 747 will be ready soon

    Al Marsh
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Lufthansa Technik is the Cadillac of interior design when it comes to lavish, wildly over the top luxury interiors for private airliners. There are two of this particular $480 million aircraft (including interior) in progress at Hamburg, Germany, and will be completed by spring. Don’t miss out!
  • Red Bull race in Las Vegas is this weekend

    Al Marsh
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Takes awhile to figure out this publicity photo for the Red Bull Race in Las Vegas this weekend. The lower half of the photo is a reflection of the formation. Kirby Chambliss, Nigel Lamb of England, Pete McLeod of Canada and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic flew above Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir.  Click on it to enlarge.
  • Gulfstream set to announce new jet

    Al Marsh
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Aerospace consultant Brian Foley of Brian Foley Associates predicts Gulfstream Aerospace will be the “talk of the town” next Tuesday Oct. 14 when the company summons aviation reporters to its Savannah headquarters for a major announcement. That announcement will be the mysterious P42 project, the Gulfstream 450 replacement. The current 10-year-old 450 program is a 4,350 nautical mile, 16-passenger, Mach 0.88 aircraft with a maximum weight of 74,600 pounds. If Foley is correct, Gulfstream promises to be the star of the upcoming National Business Aviation Association convention…
 
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    Ask a Flight Instructor

  • Use of Navigation Lights during the day

    Bidochon
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I’m starting to be confused about the use of Navigation Lights in my airplane. At first, I thought that it’s good practice to turn them on when within 10 miles radius of an airport during the day. But a CFI told me that I should only used them at night and never during the day. What kind of rule do you advise me to follow? Thanks.
  • CFI useing experimental or minimum insured plane?

    Kyle Inbody
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Okay, so I’m about to start college next fall pursuing a Flight technology degree.  I plan on purchasing a light sport or older airplane to lighten the cost and get to a 1000 hour.  I did the math and if I was to fly 35hrs plus on any of the modules I have considered, after an annual, hanger fee, insurance and a little cushion per hour to replaces fluids and have a spare fund, it is cheaper than renting the schools Cessna 150’s.  I know I need to do flight instruction in their aircraft but to fill the other hours I was going to use this along with flight instruction at the…
  • Class E surface extension SVFR?

    J
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Have a look on skyvector.com at the airspace around KRDM in Oregon. It is part time class D with surface E extension to the south east. If fog is covering the runway and KRDM goes IFR do you need a SVFR to transit the surface E extension (assume it is VFR in the extension)? I don’t think so and neither did KRDM tower, but anyone have other thoughts? Next question- same situation, but after the tower has closed, so the class D becomes surface E, does anything change for a transit through the extension- now that it’s all surface class E? Many thanks
  • Leaning the Mixture – Peak EGT

    Sans
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I read the statement below and I want someone to explain, in a simple way, what does’t exactly mean: “…the best power mixture is obtained by leaning the engine to 100 deg F on the rich side of peak EGT. This setting will give you the most forward speed at any throttle setting”
  • I do have my Costa Rican Private Pilot License, Im trying to get the FAA one

    damazzio21
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Hello guys,  Recently I obtained my PPL in Costa Rica and I´ll be traveling to Miami next April and I do want to get my FAA PPL. Could you please explain me the process? Is it necessary to take a checkride? 
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    AVweb Podcasts

  • Podcast: The Skycatcher Replacement?

    1 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Glasair Aviation thinks it has come up with the aircraft Cessna should have built. Think strong landing gear. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Glasair's Nick Frisch about how a sturdy, reliable and cheap-to-fly aircraft can help GA.
  • Podcast: SR-71 as a Metaphor for Life

    1 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Brian Shul didn't just fly the hottest manned aircraft ever built; he overcame tremendous odds to do it. He was the keynote speaker at Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, and AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with him before his presentation.
  • Podcast: The Show Will Go On

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Flying Aviation Expo President Marco Parrotto says the turnout and feedback from the first event is enough to start planning for the future. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with him on the convention floor.
  • Podcast: Flying Classroom Reaches Australia

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Barrington Irving of Experience Aviation is on the first leg of a flight around the world in a Hawker jet to help teach school kids about science and technology. He spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady during a stopover in Australia about the project, the jet, and the expeditions he's taking part in along the way.
  • Podcast: Record-Breaking Skydive About More than Publicity

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Google executive Alan Eustace has broken Felix Baumgartner's "highest skydive" record -- but that's only the beginning of the story, as Eustace's record-shattering jump yielded massive amounts of data for scientists and engineers to study. James Hayhurst of the U.S. Parachute Association spoke on the significance of this latest record jump.
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    Aviation Mentor

  • Frying without a Skillet

    John Ewing
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    There has always been (and probably always will be) a group of less proficient pilots who key the mic and take up valuable air time as they natter on, collecting their thoughts as they go, talking to ATC in an oddly conversational style. And there's another group, desperate to belong, who insist using non-standard/hip phraseology, putting their assigned transponder code "in the box," the altimeter setting "on the meter," and responding "with a flash" to ATC requests to "ident." Of course there are pilots who respond to traffic calls saying they have the other aircraft "on TCAS" or "on the…
  • Late October 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Direct PomonaArtsy SunsetFirst storm of Autumn SeasonAutopilot On, Nothing much to do ...Dueling Winglets @ KACVEngine-out ILS: What a zero sideslip looks like on the G1000On top, near FortunaRight crosswind, Byron ...Over Sears Point ... er, I mean Infineon RacewayVectors OaklandDescent into LA BasinAnother long drive home ...
  • September 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    On top, near ALTAMVicinity of FOOTOAccidental photo of aviation "giant"Dodging Cloud TopsEngine-out Practice near KCCRFound some shade ...Looking for shade ...Vectors KLVK ILS 25R
  • Knowing When to Fold

    John Ewing
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Few myths are more enduring than the beleaguered, sleep-deprived pilot who laconically accepts the aircraft he or she is given and, without worry or fear, takes to the skies to have curious adventures. Something Dr. ATP mentioned a few weeks back combined with my own recent experiences to make me want to remind pilots that it's absolutely okay to decide to not fly an aircraft. We're not Jimmy Doolittle or Chuck Yeager and for good reason. We're civilian flyers and safety should be our goal, not proving our courage and fearlessness. As student pilots we learned to do a thorough preflight, but…
  • Concise Guide to the DA42

    John Ewing
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    After countless hours of gathering photos, writing text, editing, re-photographing, and re-writing, the Concise Guide to the DA42 is now in the hands of the iBooks reviewers and should be available for download by September 15. You can download a sample or order the book now. This is the fourth aviation iBook I've published and in many ways, it was the hardest for a number of reasons.The TwinStar and the DA42NG are at the top of my list of favorite aircraft and I wanted my book to be comprehensive. That meant lots of photographs of components and descriptions of systems: While the DA42…
 
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    Cockpit Conversation

  • Geo Referencing

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    You have at some point probably seen a movie or a television show, usually for children, that uses a gimmick where a story in a book comes to life, or morph into the action of the show. Usually the pages of a book are shown on screen, with text introducing the story, and then a picture. The picture becomes live action, or perhaps the pictures move around in the text. In a movie it's a sufficiently common device that you know if it starts that way, the movie will end back on the printed page with the ornate words The End. But imagine if you were reading a regular, real book. A familiar…
  • Highway 63

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    I've been to this airport before. I remember that you can't buy fuel on Sundays, but today is Saturday, and it turns out we've landed at the same time as another pilot who has a key to the pump, so she can fuel any time she likes. When she has filled the tiny tanks on her Cessna single, we stretch the hose out to our tanks and put in fifteen times as much fuel. (The fueller who filled us beside at the FBO next to the solar-powered coke bottles said we had set a record for the amount of avgas she had ever put in one plane. But we were really empty then. I'd gone a couple of minutes into our…
  • Solar-Powered Coke Bottles

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I don't know what these things are. We see them on mountaintops. We saw one at an airport, just outside the perimeter fence, but obviously not installed. We thought it might have come down for maintenance or be waiting for transport to its mountaintop. They are made of fibreglass. The transparent panes don't seem to be solar panels--I named these things solar-powered coke bottles when we only saw then from afar, and I assumed they were. The thing at the top appears to be a lightning rod, not an antenna. Are there transmitters inside? Are they radio relays? Lightning detectors? A suit of armor…
  • Post Mortem

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Well what a clusterfailure that was. Imagine if that vacuum and indication failure had all happened over the course of once turbulent flight in night IMC across the mountains. Suction failures are extremely dangerous. The suction-driven instruments are central to the instrument scan and experiments and studies of actual accidents show that they have a very high chance of killing you. The "ninety percent" figure sometimes quoted is misleading: accidents attributed to vacuum failures (about three per year in the US) result in fatalities 90% of the time. That's because there aren't many ways to…
  • Are there one or two Ns in "Brokenness"?

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I start the engines the next day to do some VFR work. As the engines fire up, the engine start checklist directs my eyes to the tachometer, then the oil pressure, and to the suction gauge. The suction gauge indicates that the right vacuum pump has died. Okay! That sort of explains the zombie heading indicator, and means that I've snagged the wrong instrument. I should have not written it up while it was questionable. The laws don't allow me to write, "never mind, it's not broken after all," which is why there are so many airplanes flying around with sort of broken stuff. As soon as it's…
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    Indy Transponder

  • Where's the news?

    XPDR
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    It's a time thing, you know?The news never stops - so we're regrouping.  How do we deliver it faster?  How do we save some time?  We do this because we love the aviation community, but there is only so much that can be done with the limited time available - so the river of news LIVES HERE now.  It gets updated a number of times a day.  So, while we're about and about, we click SHARE, and it gets posted here.THE NEWS IS HERE
  • Air14 air show at Payernes Switzerland

    XPDR
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    submitted by Frederic Cottin:From the show earlier this summer. This meeting was organized to celebrate the century of Swiss military air force and all aircraft lovers in Europe were very exited about it, because generaly Swiss Air Force meeting are quite awesome!  It's not an exaggeration to say that it was the best meeting in Europe this year and maybe the best meeting of the last ten years!  The show was a complete success with, at least, 400 000 visitors during the four days.Click the photo below for a full photo album:
  • Pacific Aviation Museum presents With Their Voices Raised

    XPDR
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    More Info Here
  • Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing

    XPDR
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Peachtree City (GA) – On Saturday, November 8th, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at Peachtree City’s 2014 Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing.   The program will be held during the flying museum’s fourth annual Veterans Day Open House, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The open house and program is free to the public.The open house will begin at 9:00 a.m. with tours of the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility museum and workshop where vintage aircraft are restored and maintained.  Volunteers will be on…
  • Indy Transponder 30-OCT-2014 1130z

    XPDR
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Preview: Wings Over Houston Air Show * KPRC Houston | Adventure takes flight this weekend at Ellington Airport! The Navy Blue Angels will soar into town for the 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Air Show...Air show draws record crowd * Florida Times-Union | According to Undersander a lot of effort was put into moving air show traffic off base in a timely manner. “I'm very proud of our base security force as well as the 11 state and local law enforcement agencies who supported this event. When you have...ShrinersFest cancel Blue Angels, all future air shows * 14 News WFIE Evansville |…
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    Plane News

  • Five is Fun: Entertaining Things to Do in Benidorm

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Benidorm is a good place for a holiday with your family, friends or partner on any budget. This city in Spain is located by the sea and is popular with holidaymakers from Europe. Here are five great things to do while on holiday there.   Relax on spotless beaches Most holidaymakers come to Benidorm to enjoy the soft, Spanish sand and glorious sun. There are many beaches to choose from, stretching from Playa Poniente in the west to Playa Levante in the east, the former being less crowded than other beaches and is suitable for families and couples looking for a quiet place to relax and…
  • Baggage Tips Every Traveller Should Know

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    There are a lot of blogs and articles out there that will give you “first hand” travel advice about where to go and what to see – basically, all the exciting stuff. This article is not like that at all! Sorry to get your hopes up. However, the information I am going to present to you is important, because if things awry with your luggage, it has the potential to ruin your holiday. No one wants that. Travel light When travelling, you should only pack the absolute necessities and nothing else. I doubt you will more than a couple changes of clothes, a pair of shoes and a bag of toiletries.
  • Is It Possible To Save Money In Sin City?

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
        What do you think of when you hear the words: Las Vegas? Probably glitz, glam, and plenty of cash. You’re not alone. Most of us consider Vegas to be an expensive and over the top vacation spot. There are all of those luxury hotels, pricey show tickets, and of course, the casinos to consider. Don’t give up hope just yet. It is possible to save money – and still have a wild time in Sin City. These thrifty ideas will give you the vacation you’ve been dreaming of…. without totally emptying your bank account.   Save On Flights and Accommodations Las Vegas isn’t just…
  • What To Do In Kuala Lumpur This Vacation Season

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the most visited destinations in all of Southeast Asia. It boasts of man-made wonders and natural treasures that you’ll definitely love. Simply put, from the moment you arrive in this one of a kind city, you’ll never experience a dull moment. So book your flights to Kuala Lumpur that are available on affordable rates and get ready for fun-filled adventure that you’ll never forget. Among the activities that you can enjoy while there are as follows: Visit the Petronas Twin Towers One of the tallest twin towers in the world (452 metres), the Petronas Twin…
  • Sights to See in Ekaterinburg

    admin
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Trans-Siberian Railways Tours and Holidays should definitely include a sightseeing trip to the fascinating city of Ekaterinburg, Russia’s third largest city. It’s a stunning city, abundant in fascinating things to see from museums and theatres to cultural delights galore. To top it off, locals are friendly, open, and have retained a wonderful sense of tradition. Historical Square Historical Square is one of the most important sites in Ekaterinburg when it comes to heritage. It’s not the prettiest sight by any means, being set along the Iset River banks – a polluted creek amidst a…
 
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    Airplane Geeks Podcast

  • AirplaneGeeks 325 Conversation with an NTSB Board Member

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt, a penalty against Asiana Airlines, A350-900 type certification, the Fisher P-75 Eagle, Jabiru engines, UAV sense and avoid, Etihad growth into Europe, and aircraft at the G20 summit. Guest Robert Sumwalt, Board Member, National Transportation Safety Board. We talk with Robert about the process for being nominated and confirmed as an NTSB Board member, and the roles played by Board members, including being the face to the public for accident investigations, and reviewing and approving investigation reports. We also talk about the NTSB’s “Most Wanted List…
  • AirplaneGeeks 324 The California Science Center

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Malaysia Airlines woes, F-35C conducting at-sea testing, what to do about thin airline seats, American flight attendants reject contract proposal, and Southwest Airlines Captain grabs the controls. Guest Our guest this episode is Dr. Kenneth Phillips, the Aerospace Science Curator of the California Science Center.  The Center aims to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone through memorable experiences. Phase III of the Science Center’s 25-year Master Plan features the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center; the SKETCH Foundation Air…
  • AirplaneGeeks 323 A Solar-Electric Airplane

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Sun Flyer solar-electric General Aviation airplane, the FAA and GA accidents, the SpaceShipTwo accident, the Ford bomber plant, and the last MD-11 passenger flight. Guest George Bye is CEO of Bye Aerospace and also Chairman of AEAC, the Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation which was created to produce and market the Aero Electric “Sun Flyer,” a two seat solar-electric general aviation aircraft. George is an ATP rated pilot who has logged over 4,000 flying hours. He was a USAF instructor pilot in the Northrop T-38 Talon, a C-141B Aircraft Commander, and he is a Desert Storm…
  • AirplaneGeeks 322 Flying a KC-135 When the Ground is all Sparkly

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Aerial refueling, airline profits boosted by lower fuel prices, the future of the U.S. Air Force, bad behavior at the airport, and the NBAA Convention. Guest Guest Matt Fritz is a KC-135 Instructor and Commander with over 2000 hours, including combat and combat support. He is also a certified acquisition professional, a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner, and the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success.” Matt actively blogs with other military leaders at GeneralLeadership.com, as well as at his personal blog…
  • AirplaneGeeks 321 Benet is the Aviation Queen

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    The first Mitsubishi MRJ, screening for Ebola at the airport, the aging military aircraft fleet, mobile phones on the plane, FAA drone enforcement for licensed pilots, and Airways News. Guest We talk with Benét Wilson, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Airways News, about the strategic alliance between Airways Magazine and Airchive.com. Airways News provides continuous updates of news, features, and information about the commercial aviation industry. Benét  Wilson is an aviation journalist and blogger who has covered the industry for many media outlets, including About.com, Cranky Flier, ACI-NA…
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    Greteman Group » News & Views

  • Truth Is In Season

    Deanna Harms
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Ads seldom haunt. But this one does. In a good way. This three-minute-plus mini video – it feels wrong to call it a commercial – takes us back to Christmas Eve 1914. We feel the hard-packed earth of WWI trenches. Sense cold soldiers yearning for home. Memories seem to float in the air like the...
  • Business & Commercial Aviation; More Class

    Greteman Group
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Readers’ Feedback – More Class I sure appreciate “Shattering Glass” and the nod you give to women who are making a difference in the industry – including our very own Sonia Greteman. I’ve always loved this quote from former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole after his first meeting with Olive Ann Beech: “It was my first...
  • NBAA 2014: General Aviation Cleared to Climb

    Greteman Group
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    NBAA 2014 delivered an unobstructed vision of the future. We’ll be flying faster in larger, longer-range aircraft. They’ll be outfitted with a growing array of increasingly reliable safety devices. Fly-by-wire will become the standard. Before long we’ll be routinely exceeding the sound barrier. And we’ll be buying more business aircraft than we have been –...
  • Wichita Business Journal; Tweets of the Week

    Greteman Group
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    My dad. My hero. One of the coolest jobs ever. Enters KS Aviation Hall of Fame Oct. 28. @crashley, Wichitan Ashley Bowen Cook, on the WBJ’s interview with her father, aerial photographer Paul Bowen. © Wichita Business Journal, 2014
  • Safety Standdown 2014 Two Words: Pay Attention

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Like many apparently simple things, paying attention can be a lot harder than it seems – especially these days. And the strategies to stay focused are many and varied, as demonstrated during the recent Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas. At that seminar, 32 separate sessions explored different aspects of distraction and how to minimize...
 
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    Around the Pattern

  • Pattern Work in the Swift

    Tracy
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I managed to get the Swift back into the air for an hour yesterday.  I had looked at the weather forecast and today (Saturday) around Reno wasn’t supposed to look very nice. It turned out that they were right. It has rained off and on most of the day and the winds have been gusting […] The post Pattern Work in the Swift appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • All Set for Another 2 Years

    Tracy
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    I managed to check off all the required boxes for another two years.  With a fresh eye exam and two new pair of glasses I headed to the AME for my FAA Class III medical. That went smoothly – with the admonition that I need to get off my butt and get more exercise. That […] The post All Set for Another 2 Years appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • Not Flying Much Lately

    Tracy
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been about a month since my last flying report – the trip to Bridgeport for lunch. A week ago I made a really short trip to Carson City and back. Twenty-five minutes each way, engine start to stop. I wanted to change the oil in the Swift to a multi-weight (Aeroshell 15W50) for the […] The post Not Flying Much Lately appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • Currency and the Professional Pilot

    Tracy
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    A reader has asked me an interesting and somewhat complicated question concerning flying currency for both military and civilian professional pilots especially when coupled with the life expectancy of various airframes and allowable budgets. Wow. I don’t know, but I would guess that even a small part of that topic has been the subject of […] The post Currency and the Professional Pilot appeared first on Around the Pattern.
  • Finally Flying Again

    Tracy
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
      I finally got the Swift back into the air this past weekend – the first flight since the last week in August.  A friend with an RV-6A said he and another RV builder/flyer were going to fly ‘down’ to Bridgeport, CA for lunch. Down in the sense that it is south of Reno but […] The post Finally Flying Again appeared first on Around the Pattern.
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    Defense Update:

  • NATO establishes a fleet of multirole tanker transport fleet

    News Desk
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is establishing a multinational fleet of Multinational, Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF), the acquisition of the fleet will be lead by the Netherlands. The decision followed the principal approval of ten European countries which signed the letter of intent to jointly purchase and operate the tanker fleet on November 2012.
  • Iran: We supplied ballistic guided rockets to Hezbollah

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Iranian and Lebanese sources have recently confirmed that the Iranian backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has received the Iranian Fateh-110 guided ballistic missiles, and inducted the weapon into its missile arsenal. With a range of 250-350 km the new missile can hit targets provides the group with a capability to hit any target in Israel up to the northern Negev.
  • Lebanese source: Mobile missile launchers can hit any target in Israel

    News Desk
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    Launched from camouflaged truck mounted containers, Fateh 110 ballistic guided missiles could strike most of the relevant targets in Israel, the Lebanese Daily Star reports.
  • Thyssenkrupp seeking a buyer for its naval business group

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Following the forced divestment of its Swedish Kockums acquisition, The German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp is seeking to divest the remaining assets related to submarine construction - under its Marine Systems (TKMS) business group
  • News analysis: Arab spring reviving ISIS’ Islamic Caliphate

    David Eshel
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    In this first part in a series outlining the violently evolving middle east, this essay written by Defense-Analyst David Eshel covers the evolution of Da'ish (aka ISIS, ISIL) from the collapse of Iraq, by operation 'Iraqi Freedom' and the chaos triggered by President Obama's Middle East 'Arab Spring' campaign of 2009.
 
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  • New airport facilities that airlines and passengers will love – all you need to know about New Istanbul Airport, Hamad International Airport in Qatar and klia2

    anna.aero
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Building new airports and terminals that make the airlines and passengers happy is easier said than done. But at anna.aero sister event, FTE Asia 2014, the man responsible for delivering the New Istanbul Airport mega hub will reveal how he plans to achieve this and what we can expect from the world’s largest terminal under […]The post New airport facilities that airlines and passengers will love – all you need to know about New Istanbul Airport, Hamad International Airport in Qatar and klia2 appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Biggest and fastest-growing international country pair markets in W14 revealed; Algeria, Greece and Poland see impressive domestic growth

    anna.aero
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    While many country pair markets are regulated by strict bilateral agreements, there are plenty of deregulated markets where growth can happen quickly We reveal where they are and analyse the biggest and fastest-growing domestic markets as well. In our latest analysis of air travel trends relating to operations this November (compared with last November), anna.aero […]The post Biggest and fastest-growing international country pair markets in W14 revealed; Algeria, Greece and Poland see impressive domestic growth appeared first on anna.aero.
  • South African market grows by 1.2% in four years; World Routes 2015 takes place in Africa for the first time

    anna.aero
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    As South Africa is lined up to host the 21st annual World Route Development Forum, in Durban next September, anna.aero takes a closer look at the recent developments in scheduled air services at the country’s busiest gateways and reveals which is the first international country market this November. While it is home to an estimated […]The post South African market grows by 1.2% in four years; World Routes 2015 takes place in Africa for the first time appeared first on anna.aero.
  • New airline routes launched (11 November – 17 November 2014)

    anna.aero
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    A total of 20 air services were launched by 16 airlines during the course of last week, including Tigerair Taiwan expanding with operations to Bangkok Don Mueang and Chiang Mai, Allegiant Air increasing its seasonal offering with three routes, as well as Finnair adding its second route to Thailand with Phuket flights. The rest of […]The post New airline routes launched (11 November – 17 November 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Boeing stays in lead over Airbus as it delivers 61 units in October, SriLankan Airlines receives its first A330-300

    anna.aero
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Following a record September, both Airbus and Boeing handed over fewer airframes this October, with a combined total of 111 units. While SriLankan Airlines received its first A330-300, the American manufacturer is likely to have won this year’s delivery race, as Boeing leads by 96 units this October. After the strongest September since anna.aero began […]The post Boeing stays in lead over Airbus as it delivers 61 units in October, SriLankan Airlines receives its first A330-300 appeared first on anna.aero.
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    SimpliFlying

  • The tipping point for free in-flight Wi-Fi: a $1171 bill on Singapore Airlines for Jeremy Gutsche

    Shashank Nigam
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    The tipping point Jeremy Gutsche has had to pay $1171 for using Wi-Fi on his Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore. That’s worth over two years of high-speed internet connection fee in Jeremy’s hometown Toronto. Charging for Wi-Fi is possibly the biggest risk airline brands face in the next decade. Moreover, if we take into account Emirates’ announcement earlier this month that they will be providing free in-flight wi-fi to all passengers, we believe that the tipping point for free in-flight Wi-Fi is here.   GOUGED! Here’s how @SingaporeAir billed…
  • Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in October 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency, airlinetrends.com, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. Disover 15 new innovative airline marketing campaigns. Every month. The monthly report contains a selection of the 15 most innovative marketing and advertising campaigns launched by airlines around the world and assesses their impact. If you are a numbers person, you’d love our report too! What’s in this month’s report? A wide range of case studies…
  • Airline Social Media Outlook 2015: Budget, Challenges and Metrics

    Li Guen
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Social Media for Airlines: Now and Tomorrow Social media has secured a firm position in the marketing strategies of most airlines. Yet, many executives see a chasm between where airlines are and where they should be in leveraging social media to achieve business goals. Conducted since 2010, SimpliFlying Airlines Social Media Outlook Survey has been providing insights into airlines’ use of social media to achieve business goals. This year’s survey asked ten questions to 148 executives representing 87 airlines across five regions including APAC, Middle East, Europe, Americas and Africa.
  • SimpliFlying In The News – Oct 2014: Aviation Marketing Insights in Tnooz, Live Mint & More!

    Li Guen
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Each year we conduct a research study to understand how airlines allocate resources (staffing, budget etc) to social media. This year’s Airline Social Media Outlook 2015 was slightly different.   In addition to finding out how resource allocation to social media is being managed, we sought to find out the difference in attitude and ideals between airline executives and what’s being done by airline organisations. So far we have just published an infographic that has been picked up by Tnooz and Media Bistro. In the coming weeks we will be putting out the full detailed report…
  • What is the Future of Airline Loyalty in the Age of the Connected Traveller? Five questions to wake airlines up

    Shubhodeep Pal
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Something’s gotta give. I write this, not only as a consultant on digital communication and social marketing, but also as one of the millions of passengers who fly frequently enough to be in the twilight zone between occasional flyers and frequent flyers. I am frustrated by the outdated airline loyalty model that airlines still follow. I am annoyed by the lack of recognition of the simple fact that there can be no loyalty without gratification (I will not fly your airline frequently if I have to wait to earn 25,000 miles for my first reward). And I am disappointed that airlines won’t…
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    Aviation Marketing Strategies

  • Happy Thanksgiving – We’re Thankful for You!

    Paula Williams
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Whether you’re a long-time client, a new member, a casual reader of our articles, or just follow us on social media, we thought we’d take the opportunity of the Thanksgiving holiday to say, “Thank you”  – for one or many of the reasons below: Because you work in aviation, making the field better and more vibrant with your ideas and efforts. Because you’re doing what you can to improve the industry and economy, which improves the environment for everyone. Because you care about sales and marketing, and the reputation of one or both of those professions (we…
  • December 2014 Marketing Calendar

    Paula Williams
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    MEBA, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the most important Marketing Master Class of the year – Planning your 2015 Marketing Calendar! You won’t want to miss anything this December. Click the image below to download the full-size December 2014 Aviation Marketing Calendar.  Print it out, write in your important campaigns and deadlines and hang it where you’ll see it. Note – don’t print from Firefox! (It won’t work very well.)   Open with a PDF editor like Adobe or Preview.
  • Avoid These Three Expensive Marketing Mistakes

    Paula Williams
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    If you’ve been reading any of our materials, you know that ABCI strongly advocates against ANY random acts of marketing,but after an insightful conversation sharing conversations we’ve both had with larger aviation companies, we thought we’d share these three particularly destructive and dangerous situations: Marketing Mistake  #1 – “I’ve run several expensive, full-page ads in a glossy magazine, and now I’m out of money but I’m afraid to stop!” Many new companies are particularly susceptible to advertising salespeople who encourage them…
  • Are You Afraid to Raise Prices?

    Paula Williams
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Aviation professionals who don’t have much experience with marketing and sales assume that if you offer your product at a lower price, you will sell more products. There are many reasons this assumption could be dangerously incorrect. This model assumes that your product is a commodity, like a can of beans, that has little to differentiate it from the competition.  It also assumes that your product is sitting on a shelf next to all of the other cans of beans, and all of your consumers easily and conveniently compare features and prices side-by-side, make their selection, and walk out the…
  • Seminar Follow Up

    Paula Williams
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    One of the key items that we advocate is follow up. Seminar follow up. And presentation follow up.  And even phone call follow up. So, we thought we’d give you an inside view of follow up, ABCI style! The Time Management for Sales and Marketing Teams  Education Session at the NBAA National Convention was great fun for us.  We had a roomful (about 75) smart, lively people who were willing to share their experiences and have candy thrown at them at 9:00 am. Q & A There were a couple of questions we were asked after the session, so we thought we’d answer them here:…
 
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    Aerostar Training Services LLC

  • Is it Still a Good Career Choice to be an Airline Pilot?

    paulaabci
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    We asked Captain David Santo if it is still a good career choice to be an airline pilot.  This was his answer:   Paula Williams:  Again, if you have a question, please feel free to enter it in the chat window.  We’ll start with some that we had.  Is it still a good career choice to be an airline pilot? Does your career choice involve airline wings? – These are from British European Airways. Captain David Santo:  Well, I think so.  I don’t think people choose to be airline pilots because they think it’s a great career choice.  I think being an airline pilot…
  • Happy Halloween! Are You Afraid to Pursue your Aviation Career Dreams?

    David Santo
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Dreaming of an aviation career? Afraid to take the next step? Come to our free webinar and get your questions answered. Are you afraid to pursue your aviation career dreams? It’s interesting how sometimes what we want most and what we’re afraid of is sometimes the same thing. In the U.S. and other parts of the world, Halloween is a time of year when kids dress up in scary costumes and go door-to-door. Neighbors hand out candy. Sometimes kids dress up as what they want to be when they grow up. We see little cowboys, astronauts, famous athletes, or even airline pilots. When I was a kid and…
  • Join us for an Airline Pilot Career Workshop online!

    paulaabci
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Airline Career Workshop Join us for a Webinar on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/318422695 Questions and Answers about airline pilot careers for future captains and first officers.We’ll be asking questions about career opportunities.Featuring Captain David Santo, Airbus A320 Captain for  Jetblue Airways and President of AeroStar Training Services and guests.This session is free to attend, but seating is limited, so register today!Sponsored by AeroStar Training Services, LLC Title: Airline Career…
  • A320 Approach

    David Santo
    26 Apr 2013 | 1:50 pm
    Here’s a video of an A320 approach in an A320 using AeroStar’s virtual flight deck. These virtual flight decks are used in both the 737NG and the A320 ground school potion of the training. The post A320 Approach appeared first on Aerostar Training Services LLC.
  • Airlines Speak Out About the TSA Knives on Airplanes Controversy

    David Santo
    25 Apr 2013 | 2:25 pm
    Not only have the Flight Attendants been speaking out against the new TSA proposition to allow small knives on airplanes, but some airlines are now too. As pilots, what are your thoughts on the matter? http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/09/opposition-to-new-tsa-knives-policy/?iref=allsearch The post Airlines Speak Out About the TSA Knives on Airplanes Controversy appeared first on Aerostar Training Services LLC.
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    Multiply LeadershipMultiply Leadership | Flight Test + Mathematics x Leadership

  • sift – ATOMs #14-18

    Mark Jones Jr
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sift The dictionary defines sift as a verb meaning to examine (something) thoroughly so as to isolate that which is most important or useful. How do we know what is most important or useful? I don’t know, but I do believe that applied tools of mathematics and statistics are in the top strata. In this environment, the demands on the flight test professional are ever increasing–added administrative responsibility with experience, schedule pressure, or even design complexity, just to name a few. The last thing I want to do is add something, but illustrating the wide applicability…
  • the fall of continuous improvement – ATOMs #14-17

    Mark Jones Jr
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As I write this, it’s mid October, and I’ve just returned to the North Carolina Piedmont region from a five day trip to Arizona. When I came home Saturday it was as if the colors had suddenly changed–autumn had erupted into the brilliant colors that I love. The truth is, they had not suddenly changed. Instead, it was because I had some temporal distance from the data that I noticed the difference so vividly. You’ve probably experienced something similar. This phenomenon illustrates some important analytical principles in the following three broad…
  • Index of First Flights — October

    Mark Jones Jr
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? Send a tweet to @FlightTestFact with your thoughts. 10/1/1942 First flight #flighttest of the Bell XP-59 Airacomet, the first US jet http://ow.ly/C9a8n #video http://ow.ly/C9aaN 10/2/1931 First flight #flighttest of the Ju 49, the world’s 2nd pressurized aircraft, a high altitude test bed http://ow.ly/CbZDQ 10/3/1979 First flight #flighttest of the Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS355 Twin Squirrel http://ow.ly/CeLa2 via @airbus…
  • back flips — observations #38

    Mark Jones Jr
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Yesterday, I jumped around on the trampoline with my three youngest kids, at separate times. With my daughter, Emily, I was brave enough to try a back flip (probably my first since the four stitches incident). Emily tried too. I know how to flip on the trampoline but could not communicate to her how to make one’s body move in that way. Knowing how to do something doesn’t mean you know how to teach it, much less make you a teacher. (Teachers everywhere agree vigorously, while a handful of “life coaches” everywhere probably don’t.) There are many steps in teaching,…
  • a day hike — observations #37

    Mark Jones Jr
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Some writers practice their craft every single day. Some people learn something new daily. Some pilots fly every single day. In some cases, it is like a hiker who leaves the base camp and hikes for one hour up the mountain and one hour back to the start point. You could repeat this for years, never venturing farther into the unknown, never reaching the summit. Quantity is not always better. And maybe practice doesn’t make perfect. Sure, the hiker who does this daily will improve insidiously. Maybe he goes a few feet farther each day. But reaching the peak requires something more,…
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    Greteman Group

  • Truth Is In Season

    Deanna Harms
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Ads seldom haunt. But this one does. In a good way. This three-minute-plus mini video – it feels wrong to call it a commercial – takes us back to Christmas Eve 1914. We feel the hard-packed earth of WWI trenches. Sense cold soldiers yearning for home. Memories seem to float in the air like the...
  • Business & Commercial Aviation; More Class

    Greteman Group
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Readers’ Feedback – More Class I sure appreciate “Shattering Glass” and the nod you give to women who are making a difference in the industry – including our very own Sonia Greteman. I’ve always loved this quote from former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole after his first meeting with Olive Ann Beech: “It was my first...
  • NBAA 2014: General Aviation Cleared to Climb

    Greteman Group
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    NBAA 2014 delivered an unobstructed vision of the future. We’ll be flying faster in larger, longer-range aircraft. They’ll be outfitted with a growing array of increasingly reliable safety devices. Fly-by-wire will become the standard. Before long we’ll be routinely exceeding the sound barrier. And we’ll be buying more business aircraft than we have been –...
  • Wichita Business Journal; Tweets of the Week

    Greteman Group
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    My dad. My hero. One of the coolest jobs ever. Enters KS Aviation Hall of Fame Oct. 28. @crashley, Wichitan Ashley Bowen Cook, on the WBJ’s interview with her father, aerial photographer Paul Bowen. © Wichita Business Journal, 2014
  • Safety Standdown 2014 Two Words: Pay Attention

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Like many apparently simple things, paying attention can be a lot harder than it seems – especially these days. And the strategies to stay focused are many and varied, as demonstrated during the recent Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas. At that seminar, 32 separate sessions explored different aspects of distraction and how to minimize...
 
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    Air Facts Journal

  • A Thanksgiving cross-country adventure

    Patrick Smith
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The chirp of the Skyhawk’s tires kissed the runway in the still, central Florida air. I was finally home. This was a quiet end to a relatively long general aviation flight that exercised my abilities and decision-making skills as pilot-in-command. I was excited at the opportunity to complete a real cross-country trip with my wife to visit family in Tennessee for the Thanksgiving holiday. For weeks prior to the trip, I passed the time planning the flight and picking out the best fuel stops. The plan was finally set. Preflight inspection now complete, we were ready to fly! The perfect…
  • Is the ADS-B glass half full?

    John Zimmerman
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    In the words of Richard Collins, it is “the most important airspace rulemaking proposal ever made: it will affect more pilots and carry a greater financial burden than any previous proposal.” Mac McClellan argues that, “The FAA had a good idea when it planned transition… but is now screwing the whole thing up.” ADS-B is complicated, but is there any good to it? More concerns about the 2020 ADS-B mandate, you say? No. In this case, Collins was writing about the requirement to add Mode C transponders, in the May 1988 issue of Flying magazine. McClellan’s…
  • Four Merlins to Momote

    John Laming
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On March 19, 1958, my crew was scheduled to fly a Lincoln heavy bomber from Townsville in Queensland, Australia, to the Admiralty Islands, 350 miles north of New Guinea. The Lincoln was a larger version of the British wartime Avro Lancaster and equipped with four Rolls Royce Merlin liquid cooled engines. Manus Island was part of the Admiralty group and a major Japanese military base during the Pacific war. After Allied forces swept through the Western Pacific in 1944, Manus Island became a staging post for US forces attacking the Japanese stronghold on Pelileu in the Western Caroline Islands.
  • Why I bought a Pig!

    Liad Biton
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    In my last article I told you what it took to get my wife in the air. As much as that short flight over La Jolla (San Diego) was fun, the goal was always, and forever will be, to use the airplane for family flying. The beach at Puerto Penasco – nine hours in a car, or two hours in an airplane. So after years of airport hopping, $100 burger runs (by myself I might add), and oh so many touch and goes, it was time to take the family on a real trip. Being the A type, “I can do anything” guy that I am (and yes, you are too) I decided on a destination: Puerto Penasco, Mexico, also known…
  • Don’t take anything for granted!

    Frank Ladonne
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Well, we finally made it. About 8 years ago, we discovered Fort Collins, Colorado, and decided this was where we’d spend our “golden years.” (I won’t inundate you with why Fort Collins, Colorado is absolutely the best place in the entire world to live; you’d only drive up the real estate prices.) Since then, we’ve returned every 2 years to sightsee, house hunt and generally soak up the ambience. Since I began taking flying lessons, about 5 years ago, our dream was to fly to Fort Collins. I mean, after endlessly flying over the featureless flatlands of the Midwest, how cool to see…
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    iPad Pilot News

  • 4 new ForeFlight tips

    John Zimmerman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    One way ForeFlight Mobile has built such a loyal following is by constantly adding new features, so the app becomes more and more powerful over time. That’s a great benefit, but with those new features mean there are new things to learn, so in this article we’ll continue our regular series of quick tips for ForeFlight. Color IR Satellite, with Sky Coverage ForeFlight’s new color infrared satellite layer is a great addition, allowing pilots to judge vertical development of weather systems and spot potential thunderstorms. But the real power of the satellite image is not…
  • Backup power options for iPad

    Bret Koebbe
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    The Quad USB charger allows you to keep all your devices charged in flight. When it comes to the iPad there are fairly few points of failure in design of the hardware and operating system. In our experience flying with it over the past four and a half of years it has been extremely reliable, provided you take the steps to preflight the device before every flight. This will help you verify that the necessary charts and data are loaded, settings are configured properly and that the battery is fully charged. Sounds pretty easy right? Over time though you may find yourself in situations…
  • More new iOS 8 widgets

    Bret Koebbe
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A few months back we discussed how to take advantage of the new iOS 8 widgets displayed in your notification center. These are accessed by swiping down from the top of your iPad or iPhone’s screen, and provide quick access to important pieces of information from apps that offer them. At that time the feature was still pretty new and not many apps had been updated yet to take advantage of the capability. This has quickly changed though and new app updates are coming out daily offering innovative ways to use the widget display. Battery Stats Widget This $1.99 app provides…
  • New Advanced iPad Flying webinar video

    Bret Koebbe
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    iPad Pilot News editor Bret Koebbe recently presented a webinar covering a wide variety of topics related to advanced iPad flying including iPad power user tips, iPad legal briefing, new iPad apps and accessories, GPS and ADS-B receivers, and how to take advantage of the latest new features in ForeFlight. You can watch the full video recording of the webinar here: Here are the slides from the presentation to review at your own pace:
  • WingX Pro adds flight data recording

    Bret Koebbe
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    For several years the only way to record your flight data on your iPad was to use an app like Cloud Ahoy, which captured all your flight parameters via GPS to review later when back on the ground. Flight data logging has been a big hit with CFIs and flight schools, allowing flight instructors to review lesson and maneuver details with students after a flight. ForeFlight added a track logging feature a few months back, and now WingX is the latest app to add this capability. The new Black Box controls on the Map screen provide the controls to record and playback your flight data. WingX…
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  • Australia Airports Build: The Other End of the Line

    Dan Parsons
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The focus of post 2 of this series was the pressure currently being placed on the Brisbane Airport in Australia, in part, from a type of mining operation known as FIFO. Obviously, for the FIFO concept to work there need […]
  • Happy Birthday to Me!

    Jinan Alrawi
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    New Airport Insider missed its first birthday, can you believe it? We published the first post on 4 October 2013 but forgot to celebrate our 1 year of existence. Today, 30 airport articles later, we want to share with you a bit […]
  • How Industry and Media Drive U.S. Aviation Debate

    Greg Principato
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Editor’s Note: Today, we are pleased to have an opinion post by an industry thought leader Greg Principato.  Would you like to contribute a guest post to New Airport Insider? Contact us. No One Is Interested – No One Understands When I […]
  • Beijing New Airports

    Guillaume Dupont
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    China is now renowned for building hundreds of airports throughout the country. Having 90% of the Chinese population living less than 100 km from an airport by 2020 is one of the many ambitious targets found in the government’s five-year plan. […]
  • Australia Airports Build: Brisbane Airport Under Pressure

    Dan Parsons
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    This is part 2 in a 3-part series on Australian airport development. Part 1 looked at the decision to build a second airport in Sydney and the politics surrounding that decision. Fuelled by the commencement of the Asian century, Australia’s […]
 
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  • Miami International Airport Launches Mobile App

    Airchive.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Miami International Airport will unveil a new free mobile app tomorrow that will offer travelers real-time flight tracking, bilingual functionality in English and Spanish, and an “Around Me” feature that allows passengers to view what airport amenities are within a five-minute walk.
  • Frontier Airlines Places A321ceo Aircraft Order

    Airchive.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Denver-based ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines today announced a deal to acquire nine Airbus A321ceo aircraft.
  • Emirates CEO Questions Facts Around Malaysia Flight 370

    Airchive.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, spoke to Airways magazine in an exclusive interview about the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and his doubts about the facts of the aircraft’s disappearance.
  • Flashback Friday: 94 Years of Qantas

    Airchive.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Join AirwaysNews.com to continue the celebration of Qantas' 94th anniversary as we look back at the history of one of the oldest carriers in the world.
  • TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Flyday Weekend Wrap Up, November 21, 2014

    Airchive.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    This week, we cover stories including a new U.S. city for Etihad, Boeing and the environment and a Thanksgiving gift from British Airways.
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  • EMIRATES jobs

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:47 am
    Hey guys, Have you seen this awesome job opening for Business Technology Manager to work with Emirates in UAE? Thought I should share this with you, maybe you'll be interested in. Besides travel benefits normally associated with an airline, they also offer an excellent leave, health care packages, accommodation and more. If you're interested, or know someone that might be interested in, you can find full description here. Hope this was useful.
  • A colorful and special T-27

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    Special paint scheme to celebrate 30 years of operation of the T-27 Tucano in the Brazilian Air Force, seen during the Open Day 2014 of AFB Florianópolis. To see more photos of this aircraft and an extensive and full report about the others aircraft operated by the Brazilian Air Force, please visit the link below. I hope you enjoy and I count on your visit. http://aviacaoemfloripa.blogspot.com.br/...parte.html
  • Pilot Jokes: Taken to The Next Level

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    Q: What's the difference between a fighter pilot and God? A: God doesn't think He's a fighter pilot. Q: Whats the difference between a jet engine and a flight attendant? A: At the end of the flight the jet engine stops whining. Q: What's the difference between a pilot and a pepperoni pizza? A: A pepperoni pizza can feed a family of four. Q: What do you get when you cross an airplane with a magician? A: A flying sorcerer. Q: What do you call a flying primate? A: A hot air baboon! Q: Why will a pilot never starve to death? A: He can always boil his tie. (pilots eat with food in lap; getting tie…
  • The Royal International Air Tattoo

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Art in the sky!
  • Top 10 Strongest Air Force

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Ouch! Worth to see it!
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  • Frontier Airlines orders 9 Airbus A321 aircraft

    Editor
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Airbus has announced that Frontier Airlines will purchase nine new A321 aircraft. The firm order for nine A321 aircraft adds Frontier Airlines to the list of carriers operating the largest member of the Airbus A320 Family. Frontier Airlines currently has a fleet of 35 Airbus A319 and 20 Airbus A320 aircraft. In addition to the nine A321′s, Frontier has an order backlog 80 Airbus A320neo (new engine option) family aircraft. Frontier is yet to announce its engine selection or seating configuration for its nine new A321s. David Siegel, Frontier Airlines CEO said: “We continue to come…
  • Airbus A350-900 receives FAA Type Certification

    Editor
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Airbus has announced that their A350-900 aircraft has received Type Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The A350-900 was awarded type certification yesterday at the FAA headquarters in Washington D.C.. Dubbed “The world’s latest generation commercial airliner”, the A350-900′s type certification signatures included FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan and Airbus Group Inc. Chairman Allan McArtor. The certified aircraft is powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Yesterdays announcement follows the A350-900…
  • Boeing Delivers Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER

    Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Boeing has announced it has delivered Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER aircraft. Boeing and Emirates are celebrating the delivery of the aircraft. Dubai-based airline, Emirates have received their 100th Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Emirates ordered its first 777 two decades ago. Emirates has 142 Boeing 777s in their fleet, and are also the only airline that can boast they operate all the 777 variants. Operating 213 aircraft, the Boeing 777 makes up the majority of Emirates’ fleet. Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline said:”The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable…
  • Emirates CEO Tim Clarke believes MH370 was under control until the end

    Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Emirates CEO and President Sir Tim Clarke has said he believes flight MH370 “was under control, probably until the very end”. Sir Tim told Aviation Week in July of his concerns, he said: “Something is not right here and we need to get to the bottom of it.” The latest theory of what happened to flight MH370 comes from the Australian Transport Bureau. They announced last week that flight MH370 was likely to have flown with the autopilot engaged for some 5 hours, before crashing after running out of fuel over the Indian Ocean. However Emirates CEO and President Sir Tim is…
  • Garuda Indonesia orders 50 737MAX 8s

    Editor
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Garuda Indonesia has announced they have ordered 50 737 MAX 8s from Boeing. The order is estimated to be valued at $4.9 billion.Garuda Indonesia is the flag carrier of Indonesia, the airline has announced they will buy 46 new 737 MAX 8s. They will also convert existing orders for 4 Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. Emirsyah Satar, chief executive officer, Garuda Indonesia said: “The 737 MAX 8 represents a bright, efficient future for Garuda Indonesia. This order helps continue our commitment to offer the people of Indonesia and Southeast Asia the most comfortable, most efficient air…
 
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  • IAR-330 PUMA helicopter crashes and kills 8 soldiers

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:23 am
    A Romanian built IAR-330 Puma helicopter has crashed in Sibin, central Romania on Friday.  In total 8 military personnel have died in the crash, with 2 other evacuated after suffering from burns. The IAR-330 Puma was scheduled to meet up with U.s Military forces to a military joint exercise. The cause of the crash is still unknown and an investigation is underway.    
  • Hovering a Helicopter

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    An ability that really makes a difference between a helicopter and an aeroplane is the fact that a helicopter can come to a standstill in mid-air. This capability is called hovering. Piloting a helicopter in cruise is not much different than flying any fixed wing aircraft but when it comes to hovering it is a different story altogether. Hovering a helicopter is not as easy as it sounds. Many forces act on a helicopter and thus the pilot needs to continually compensate and make corrections to be able to maintain the hover. In this article, we will go through the forces involved and what inputs…
  • Bell 212 crash in Thailand leaves 9 Officers dead

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A multi-engine Bell 212 helicopter operated by the Thai Army has crashed some 590KM North of Bangkok on Monday.  All 9 officers, including the northern army region newly promoted deputy commander where killed in the crash. The Bell 212 helicopter was due to return to base after it had picked up the officers who had just finished an inspection mission in Phayao.  The helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the Phayao army camp. The cause of the crash is still unknown and an investigation is underway.    
  • Laser Pointing and how it is affecting aviation safety

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Laser pointing towards aircraft has been here for quite a while now, but recently the number of cases has gone up substantially. I personally have experienced this on many occasions whilst flying a helicopter in eastern Italy. Luckily, I was not on final approach and was able to cope but another 737 who was given clearance to land, experienced such issues and was about to abort the landing. This is why I would to reach out to people who commit such crimes in order to educate them and bring them aware on how they are jeopardising aviation safety. So what happens when you point a laser beam…
  • National Guard Apache AH64 helicopter crashes, 2 dead

    admin
    8 Nov 2014 | 1:58 am
    An Apache AH64 helicopter operated by the Idaho National Guard has crashed just South of Boise Airport on Thursday evening.  Both crew members on-board the helicopter have been killed in the accident. The Apache helicopter was performing routine, local night training and until now it is not clear whether the mission had just started or was towards its end. Both crew members killed in the crash held the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 and were part of the 1-183rd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Gown Field. An investigation by the Defense Department is now under way in order to determine…
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